I am a collector of things, mainly botanicals.  Not houseplants but the parts of nature that the earth leaves behind as evidence of the changes it continually moves through.  I see a parallel of our lives with the ephemeral essence of the earth within this organic detritus.  Seasons change and storms leave me material to work with.  Trees shed their bark and insects move on to new dwellings.  I bring it all back and live with it in my studio.  Some of these materials remain as they are and some continue to change, to oxidize and disintegrate.  This does not bother me.  The organic nature of the material is what defines my efforts and I can appreciate the alterations that I am able to sometimes capture in my own work.